“Twitter? It’s a waste of time. You’re crazy to even be on it, let alone find anything useful!”
So spoke my friend, who shall remain nameless for protection reasons. Do you hear this sentiment at all? What is your Twitter experience? Mine is great, as I explain over and over in this recurring discussion with people of my generation; in fact, it’s so great that I started cutting and pasting useful articles, links and all, to a Word file. There I reference the material when I need it. Here are 31 categories of articles that I’ve collected and the file keeps growing. Periodically I print out the latest pages because I do have a recurring fear of losing files on my computer. I guess it’s the age thing again.
Document Types I’ve Found on Twitter and Other Social Media
- How to write documents needed in the publishing world, such as author bio, query letter, pitch, short synopsis, etc.
- The finer points of self publishing.
- How to build great and memorable characters.
- Motivation and writing skills.
- All about Twitter, how to use it and its value to writers.
- How to use social media and improve your social media ratings.
- Conferences for writers.
- Best websites for writers.
- Tips on starting to write a new book.
- Writing and selling digital books.
- Suggestions for writing your memoir.
- How to market your book.
- How to plot your book.
- Formatting for print and other publishing how-to material.
- Helping a writer remove his/her guilt about other tasks and focus on the writing to get more work done.
- Doing the Ask well.
- Lists of freelance editors, agents and publishers, with their preferred genres.
- How to research a book.
- Motivational posts (for writers) on how to get off your duff and start living the life you’re dreaming about.
- Where to get ideas for your writing.
- Published, famous authors giving advice for writers.
- Author platform. What is yours?
- Book premiere and how to do it.
- How to do how-to articles.
- Author checklists, such as first page checklist for your new book.
- Blog tours.
- Making a book trailer.
- Self-published or traditional? What’s the best way to go?
- Writing irresistible blog titles and their extreme importance.
- Research can be a joy.
- Self-editing your writing.
How is your social media experience? Have you found exceptional, helpful materials? Please consider sharing them in a comment below.
BTW I do have the Word file with my collection of materials gleaned from amazing writers via SM. So far it’s at 200 pages in an unedited format. I would be happy to share if you provide me with your email.